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by kaitak
Tue Aug 31, 2021 12:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 8/21: Irish Aviation Thread - August 2021
Replies: 335
Views: 36895

Re: Irish 8/21: Irish Aviation Thread - August 2021

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Irish 9/21 is now ready for push and start:

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by kaitak
Tue Aug 31, 2021 12:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 9/21; Climbing through the storm
Replies: 146
Views: 17672

Irish 9/21; Climbing through the storm

Good afternoon everyone and welcome to the September thread. Irish aviation has now hit 50% of pre-pandemic levels and hardly a week goes by when new routes (some, such as FR's from SNN/ORK-BUD, not operated before the pandemic). Previously operated routes are now being reinstated very rapidly; FI h...

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by kaitak
Mon Aug 30, 2021 5:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 8/21: Irish Aviation Thread - August 2021
Replies: 335
Views: 36895

Re: Irish 8/21: Irish Aviation Thread - August 2021

The press are picking up on this now with more details. Travel chaos at Dublin airport as passengers miss flights due to delays The DAA has apologised after passengers at Dublin Airport were hit with lengthy queues this morning. Some passengers reported waiting in line at security screening for alm...

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by kaitak
Wed Aug 18, 2021 5:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 8/21: Irish Aviation Thread - August 2021
Replies: 335
Views: 36895

Re: Irish 8/21: Irish Aviation Thread - August 2021

I understand EI is to return to SEA and LAX in late October, and SFO in early October.

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by kaitak
Wed Aug 18, 2021 5:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 8/21: Irish Aviation Thread - August 2021
Replies: 335
Views: 36895

Re: Irish 8/21: Irish Aviation Thread - August 2021

Apparently strong indications that US will open to Irish (&other European) travellers from Labor Day (sept 6). Strong indications from where?? Give me a source!! (it's like a lifeboat during the sinking of the Titanic - get me the details!) :) Eogan Corry on Twitter, quoting Brian Finn on RTE's...

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by kaitak
Wed Aug 18, 2021 2:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 8/21: Irish Aviation Thread - August 2021
Replies: 335
Views: 36895

Re: Irish 8/21: Irish Aviation Thread - August 2021

Apparently strong indications that US will open to Irish (&other European) travellers from Labor Day (sept 6).

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by kaitak
Wed Aug 18, 2021 3:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 8/21: Irish Aviation Thread - August 2021
Replies: 335
Views: 36895

Re: Irish 8/21: Irish Aviation Thread - August 2021

Has anyone tried the new "VeriFly" app? I downloaded it, but it won't scan either of my travel passes - the Covid cert or the Portuguese locator form. Not too impressed with it, to be honest! I already have the Covid pass scanned to my Covid tracker app, so not really worried about that. I...

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by kaitak
Mon Aug 16, 2021 10:21 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.
Replies: 692
Views: 41964

Re: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.

Berlin airlift anyone ? I was thinking more about the fall of Saigon - and unlike VIetnam, we're unlikely to get a good musical out of this one! I feel very badly for the Afghan people, especially women and girls, who are going to face a horrific time under the Taliban; I suspect that we're going t...

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by kaitak
Fri Aug 13, 2021 8:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread - 2021
Replies: 363
Views: 146542

Re: Airbus A350 Production/Delivery Thread - 2021

Any idea when will Emirates first A350 enter production? Delivery pre-covid wasn’t expected until May 2023. So unless they accelerate deliveries we still got 18+ months until we see it. Is that still happening? I thought they (Emirates) were dangling the possibility of an A350 order to try and get ...

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by kaitak
Tue Aug 03, 2021 9:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 8/21: Irish Aviation Thread - August 2021
Replies: 335
Views: 36895

Re: Irish 8/21: Irish Aviation Thread - August 2021

Am I correct in saying that no airline currently flies t/a to or from Shannon?

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by kaitak
Fri Jul 16, 2021 12:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 7/21: I remember that Summer in Dublin
Replies: 354
Views: 40111

Re: Irish 7/21: I remember that Summer in Dublin

Yes, I saw that. Wouldn't like to be in the shoes of that pushback crew! Damage doesn't seem to be that bad, but of course, when you're talking about aircraft worth $200m apiece, not to mention the effects at altitude and lost revenue, then costs can mount up. I can't help wondering how easy it is t...

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by kaitak
Thu Jul 15, 2021 12:33 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Caitlyn Jenner stalked and harassed at CPAC
Replies: 58
Views: 3691

Re: Caitlyn Jenner stalked and harassed at CPAC

I just don't know what she is thinking by going there and subjecting herself to what she must have known would be a pretty hostile crowd. That, to me, speaks to her judgment. This was not a good crowd and I think that in politics, the "no such thing as bad publicity" rule doesn't apply! Wh...

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by kaitak
Thu Jul 15, 2021 12:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 7/21: I remember that Summer in Dublin
Replies: 354
Views: 40111

Re: Irish 7/21: I remember that Summer in Dublin

No, it's not a Max; it's a 737-800.

Interesting move by FR. I guess this puts paid to the possibility of Nordica operating the route.

What's FR's agenda here? To demonstrate its distaste for the concept of PSO flights, or indeed subsidies generally?

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by kaitak
Fri Jul 09, 2021 5:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 7/21: I remember that Summer in Dublin
Replies: 354
Views: 40111

Re: Irish 7/21: I remember that Summer in Dublin

The departure queuing for 28R will be interesting to see. They will need to operate so as not to lead to congestion in the adjacent ramp area. It looks like two line-up points can be operated, given the length of the runway. The existing 28L will surely remain preferable for most T2 traffic. Just w...

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by kaitak
Mon Jul 05, 2021 8:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 7/21: I remember that Summer in Dublin
Replies: 354
Views: 40111

Re: Irish 7/21: I remember that Summer in Dublin

I still think that EI had a part to play in STK's failure and in effect, stabbed them in the back. STK was operating reliably for EI for several years - great crews, great safety record ... and then, EI goes and hands its business over to a paper airline. And without that business, what prospect was...

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by kaitak
Wed Jun 30, 2021 2:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 6/21: Sunshine after the rain
Replies: 332
Views: 37948

Re: Irish 6/21: Sunshine after the rain

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by kaitak
Wed Jun 30, 2021 2:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 7/21: I remember that Summer in Dublin
Replies: 354
Views: 40111

Irish 7/21: I remember that Summer in Dublin

Good afternoon folks and welcome to 7/21, as we move into the second half of the year. Maybe it's the good weather, but there does seem to be more to be optimistic about, despite the disappointment over the indoor dining delay. Tomorrow, the EU's Digital Green Certificate (DGC) will become operation...

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by kaitak
Sun Jun 27, 2021 5:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish adding Dallas and Denver
Replies: 122
Views: 18193

Re: Turkish adding Dallas and Denver

First of all, it's great to see any airline expanding in this day and age. DEN was more of a surprise to me than DFW. I am surprised that TK, QR, EK and (to a lesser extent) EY have such large US networks, which don't yet include DTW. On the subject of DTW being a Skyteam hub, I'd have thought that ...

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by kaitak
Wed Jun 16, 2021 8:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 6/21: Sunshine after the rain
Replies: 332
Views: 37948

Re: Irish 6/21: Sunshine after the rain

First Ryanair 737 Max, EI-HEN, on the way, due in at c. 1823. EI-HEN?! Well, in this day and age, it's difficult to make HENs meet? Maybe FR are in a bit of a flap? (After a 2 year delay, almost certainly!). Another one due later this week, none next week, then the next batch the following week. I a...

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by kaitak
Sun Jun 13, 2021 12:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 6/21: Sunshine after the rain
Replies: 332
Views: 37948

Re: Irish 6/21: Sunshine after the rain

So replacing 3+ ATR flights with 1x daily A320, timed for connections might be the way EI replaces EIR in the short to medium term. Yes it will be interesting to see what happens there. I wonder if Emerald gets delayed or falls through, if EI would consider A319s again and operate the likes of DUB-...

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by kaitak
Sat Jun 12, 2021 6:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Update: Stobart Air ceases operations, appoint liquidator
Replies: 88
Views: 15430

Re: Stobart Air cancel all flights

I understand that EI cancelled the contract with immediate effect, which seems a rather odd move, given that it leaves them without regional feed until Emerald Air is up and running. I think EI has treated STK very badly. To replace an airline that has given EI nearly ten years of good service, with...

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by kaitak
Sat Jun 12, 2021 6:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 6/21: Sunshine after the rain
Replies: 332
Views: 37948

Re: Irish 6/21: Sunshine after the rain

So, Aer Lingus did this? And before Emerald was up and running? I hope they (EI) have a plan. What are they going to say to pax who have bookings over the period until Emerald up and running? "Sorry, there was an airline we had contracted to operate this route, but we stabbed them in the back.&...

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by kaitak
Sat Jun 12, 2021 5:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 6/21: Sunshine after the rain
Replies: 332
Views: 37948

Re: Irish 6/21: Sunshine after the rain

Very sad news. Thinking of their wonderful crew and staff. Hope this is sorted quickly. It leaves EI in a bit of a bind, because pax would have booked their flights through EI website. Emerald is not yet up and running (far from it), so what happens now? Will EI have to step in and rescue them? Will...

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by kaitak
Fri Jun 11, 2021 1:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates Network & Fleet Discussion - 2021
Replies: 199
Views: 58304

Re: Emirates Network & Fleet Discussion - 2021

I've heard that too; I believe there is a general feeling that too many crews were got rid of. The manner in which this was done has left a very bitter taste and it didn't help that TIm Clarke was reported/recorded as saying that there are no other jobs available and therefore crews would come back ...

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by kaitak
Thu Jun 10, 2021 10:03 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: If electric cars were computers: what stage are we at?
Replies: 24
Views: 2047

If electric cars were computers: what stage are we at?

I'm looking - in a fairly non-committal way - at new EVs now available and coming down the tracks and they're still (in Ireland) quite expensive and it occurred to me that you can make a parallel between the current batch of EVs the early versions of home computers. I'm old enough to remember the Vi...

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by kaitak
Fri Jun 04, 2021 5:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 6/21: Sunshine after the rain
Replies: 332
Views: 37948

Re: Irish 6/21: Sunshine after the rain

I was at work today (and granted I started later than usual), but I am finding the airport very much busier than in recent weeks, which is great; regional flights, which might easily have had single figure loads a few weeks back, now have good, solid loads. An EI gate agent told me that some sun fli...

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by kaitak
Mon May 31, 2021 5:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 5/21: A gap in the storm clouds
Replies: 275
Views: 35753

Re: Irish 5/21: A gap in the storm clouds

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Hi folks ... it's that time again.

6/21 is ready to board: masks, hazmat suits, PCR tests, antigen tests, ID - and boarding passes - at the ready:

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by kaitak
Mon May 31, 2021 5:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 6/21: Sunshine after the rain
Replies: 332
Views: 37948

Irish 6/21: Sunshine after the rain

Good evening folks and hope you are all enjoying this beautiful May evening. I guess, compared to the last few months, our hearts are probably a little lighter and we are a bit more optimistic about the road ahead. There will be probably be bumps and although the announcement of July 19th (there has...

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by kaitak
Fri May 28, 2021 2:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 5/21: A gap in the storm clouds
Replies: 275
Views: 35753

Re: Irish 5/21: A gap in the storm clouds

Reported this evening international travel will return from July 19th for fully vaccinated travelers. Update: Foreign travel for holidays is to be permitted from July 19, under plans agreed by the Cabinet Committee on Covid-19. Taoiseach Micheál Martin and his ministers signed off on a plan which s...

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by kaitak
Thu May 27, 2021 7:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 5/21: A gap in the storm clouds
Replies: 275
Views: 35753

Re: Irish 5/21: A gap in the storm clouds

I was at work a few days ago and I happened to notice EI-DEG being towed around from the hangars to the south apron. Here's the thing that confuses me The poor old bird looked terrible: Silver tape over all the windows and cockpit; what looks like black tape over the rear door and indeed, some on th...

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by kaitak
Tue May 25, 2021 5:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 5/21: A gap in the storm clouds
Replies: 275
Views: 35753

Re: Irish 5/21: A gap in the storm clouds

Ryanair hoping to add 737 Max 10s by 2026, https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-05-23/ryanair-ceo-says-u-k-families-ignoring-travel-ban-daily-mail What's particularly interesting about that, from a historical perspective, is that Aer Lingus placed its first order for 737-200s in 1966. Who'd ...

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by kaitak
Tue May 25, 2021 5:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Ryanair ends jet order talks with Boeing amid price dispute
Replies: 330
Views: 50666

Re: Ryanair Wants to Close deal for 100+ MAX10s by Year-end

But with France wanting to ban short flights, which I can see being implemented somewhere in Europe will Ryanair need all those aircraft in the future? They might have no where to fly them to.. That's not quite correct. France is banning s/h domestic flights that can be operated by a train in less ...

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by kaitak
Sun May 23, 2021 7:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 5/21: A gap in the storm clouds
Replies: 275
Views: 35753

Re: Irish 5/21: A gap in the storm clouds

Belarus forced a Ryanair 737, en route from ATH to VNO to land at Minsk. It appears that a bomb scare was faked; the passengers included a prominent Belarussian dissident, who was removed from the aircraft. The aircraft was escorted by a Belarussian MiG-29 from entering Belarussian airspace until it...

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by kaitak
Sat May 22, 2021 7:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 5/21: A gap in the storm clouds
Replies: 275
Views: 35753

Re: Irish 5/21: A gap in the storm clouds

I have to disagree with some aspects of that. True, the new livery is a bit "samey", but in my experience, EI is a better carrier than it has ever been. The crews are always very nice; there is (in my experience) a professional and pleasant feel to every aspect of the EI experience, from b...

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by kaitak
Sat May 22, 2021 6:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 5/21: A gap in the storm clouds
Replies: 275
Views: 35753

Re: Irish 5/21: A gap in the storm clouds

Being reported on other news networks tonight that July will see a CTA travel bubble and then end August travel allowed to EU. We will all have to see next week. In the meantime Aer Lingus today removed from sale DUB - ACE for rest of May and most of June . Up until now it had run a limited service...

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by kaitak
Tue May 18, 2021 12:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 5/21: A gap in the storm clouds
Replies: 275
Views: 35753

Re: Irish 5/21: A gap in the storm clouds

Indeed, and a rational, responsible government would recognise this. Sure, they can "come the heavy" and impose large fines, but wouldn't it be better to recognise the reality. At least if they were coming through DUB and didn't have to fly via BFS/BHD/LDY, there would be more control in t...

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by kaitak
Mon May 17, 2021 8:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 5/21: A gap in the storm clouds
Replies: 275
Views: 35753

Re: Irish 5/21: A gap in the storm clouds

It's on the news all day no non-essential travel until August at the earliest. There goes summer 21. So does that mean the UK travel bubble will not come into effect until August as well? I thought that the plan was to get this up and running and then, EU travel would begin in August? Won't this si...

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by kaitak
Wed May 12, 2021 4:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 5/21: A gap in the storm clouds
Replies: 275
Views: 35753

Re: Irish 5/21: A gap in the storm clouds

EDI and GLA would be frequency reductions; the rest haven't been operating at all. I would imagine Stobart is hoping for July to bring the opening of inter-CTA travel that Leo has been talking about. Fingers crossed. Sadly for Stobart, the contract with Emerald is supposed to be signed this week. I ...

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by kaitak
Tue May 11, 2021 9:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 5/21: A gap in the storm clouds
Replies: 275
Views: 35753

Re: Irish 5/21: A gap in the storm clouds

Another looney idea from an out of touch politician. Hopefully it wont see the light of day. Senator calls for Dublin Airport to be named after Seán Lemass Call comes ahead of 50th anniversary of former taoiseach’s death on May 11th https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/oireachtas/senator-calls-...

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by kaitak
Fri May 07, 2021 6:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 5/21: A gap in the storm clouds
Replies: 275
Views: 35753

Re: Irish 5/21: A gap in the storm clouds

This is a bit disappointing: we don't make the green list. .Ireland was, along with Portugal and Finland, one of the top EU countries, so I wonder what kind of metrics are being used. Sorry Kaitak why are you mentioning Ireland? Its exempt as its part of the CTA and has always been exempt from rest...

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by kaitak
Fri May 07, 2021 4:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 5/21: A gap in the storm clouds
Replies: 275
Views: 35753

Re: Irish 5/21: A gap in the storm clouds

This is a bit disappointing: Britain announces new lists of Green, amber and red countries; we don't make the green list. https://news.sky.com/story/covid-19-which-countries-can-you-go-to-without-quarantining-government-publishes-green-covid-travel-list-12299553 They will be reviewed every three wee...

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by kaitak
Fri May 07, 2021 12:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 5/21: A gap in the storm clouds
Replies: 275
Views: 35753

Re: Irish 5/21: A gap in the storm clouds

Sorry, an SI is a Statutory Instrument; it's basically "an order, regulation, rule, scheme or bye-law made in exercise of a power conferred by statute". So, in effect, a piece of legislation will empower the minister to do certain things; the SI is the mechanism by which he/she does that. ...

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by kaitak
Fri May 07, 2021 10:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 5/21: A gap in the storm clouds
Replies: 275
Views: 35753

Re: Irish 5/21: A gap in the storm clouds

Also interesting that SNN-LHR seems to be up the list also, albeit rumblings of using a non-based aircraft/W-pattern from DUB/ORK (presumably until the base reopens in S22). It seems fairly obvious that SNN was planned to be a 3 frame base, 2xLRs and 1x A320. Assuming that BOS and JFK come back, I ...

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by kaitak
Fri May 07, 2021 8:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 5/21: A gap in the storm clouds
Replies: 275
Views: 35753

Re: Irish 5/21: A gap in the storm clouds

I am told that EI is to operate DUB-BGI and DUB-CUN this winter. No information on frequencies.

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by kaitak
Wed May 05, 2021 11:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 5/21: A gap in the storm clouds
Replies: 275
Views: 35753

Re: Irish 5/21: A gap in the storm clouds

That adds to EXT, suggests that EI doesn't want to see BE back in DUB anytime soon! Might we see SOU coming too? Jersey based Blue Islands had announced an intention, as (I think) did Eastern, but neither has started. An opprutnity for Stobart? Once the EI contract moves to Emerald, will these route...

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by kaitak
Mon May 03, 2021 6:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH ordering 5 more A350s and 5 more 787-9
Replies: 283
Views: 59154

Re: LH ordering 5 more A350s and 5 more 787-9

Will the 789s ultimately replace the A330s?

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by kaitak
Fri Apr 30, 2021 4:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 5/21: A gap in the storm clouds
Replies: 275
Views: 35753

Irish 5/21: A gap in the storm clouds

Good morning folks and welcome to our fifth installment this year. Unlike previous months, I think there is cause for a lot more optimism about the future. That said, with traffic down c.80% across the board, services drastically reduced and tens of thousands of aviation professionals either on shor...

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by kaitak
Sun Apr 25, 2021 5:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Interflug / old Aeroflot crew rosters
Replies: 52
Views: 12157

Re: Interflug / old Aeroflot crew rosters

Just came across an interesting interview with a former IF pilot. Its in German but the built-in browser translator did an ok job ;-) https://www.austrianwings.info/2018/04/interview-mit-ex-interflug-kapitaen-eine-erfahrung-die-ich-nicht-missen-moechte/ Fascinating article. He is quite bitter about...

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by kaitak
Sun Apr 25, 2021 1:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France KLM News and Discussion Thread - 2021
Replies: 321
Views: 77831

Re: Air France KLM News and Discussion Thread - 2021

Many thanks for this information, Factsonly!

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